Dark mode is a popular design trend quickly making its way to all our mobile applications. The option makes it easier to read content in darker rooms, can prevent eye strain and may even conserve your battery life. If you’re a regular Snapchat user, you may be wondering how to enable dark mode on your mobile device. This article details all the steps for you whether you’re using the Android or iOS application.
How to Turn on Dark Mode on Snapchat for iOS
On Snapchat for iOS, turning on dark mode is quite straightforward. However, keep in mind that the feature was recently added, so it might not be available for everyone.
1. Open your Snapchat app on your iOS device.
2. Tap on your avatar in the upper-right corner.
3. Tap on the gear icon in the upper-left corner to access Settings.
4. Under the “My Account” section, scroll down until you reach “App Appearance.”
5. Tap on it and select “Always Dark.”
6. That’s it, your Snapchat is now blackened. Enjoy browsing!
How to Turn on Dark Mode on Snapchat for Android
On Android, turning on dark mode for Snapchat is a lot more complicated than just modifying a setting. The app hasn’t yet received an official update that adds native dark mode. It will happen eventually, but while we wait on that, there are really not many alternatives to getting dark mode in Snapchat for Android.
Some time ago, it was possible to darken your Snapchat experience on Android simply by forcing an all-system dark mode through your device’s Developer options. Alternatively, you could install an app like DarQ to force dark mode on individual apps. None of these methods work with the newer versions of Snapchat.
If you’re currently looking to experience dark mode on Snapchat, your only option is to install an older version of the app. It seems like version 10.72.5.0 is the last to allow you to force the app into dark mode. It dates back to December 2019.
Before proceeding further, note that you’ll have to download this older iteration of Snapchat in APK format. Just keep in mind that using an outdated version of the app means you won’t be able to access newer features that have made their way to the app since then.
If you do decide that you want to try and use this method, the first step is to turn on dark mode on your device. You can do so by following the below instructions:
1. Open the Settings app on your device.
2. Go to Display.
3. Toggle on the “Dark theme” option.
4. Next, make sure Developer mode is turned on. To do so, go back to the Settings app on your device.
5. Navigate all the way down to “About phone” and tap on it.
6. Locate the “Build button” section/option and tap on it seven times to unlock Developer Options.
7. Now go back to the main Settings screen and tap on System.
8. Tap on Advanced (if you’re on a Pixel). It may not be necessary on other devices.
9. Select Developer options.
10. Tap on the magnifying glass at the top and search for “dark.”
11. Select the “Override force-dark” option and tap on it.
12. Toggle the option on.
13. Open your Snapchat app again. You should be able to start browsing the app in dark mode.
With the iOS dark mode for Snapchat being merely a few months old, it’s possible that Android users still have some waiting to do before they can enjoy the dark theme natively on Snapchat as well. Hopefully, it won’t take long.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why can’t I see the option to enable dark mode in iOS?
Dark mode for Snapchat on iOS was only released this May, so depending on your location, it may be a while before you start seeing it. The initial rollout included the U.S. and Australia, so if you live somewhere else, you probably have some waiting to do still.
2. Are there any other options to get dark mode on Snapchat for Android?
If you have a rooted device, you may try installing the Preferences Manager app from the Google Play Store and edit the app’s preferences from there. Something else you could attempt to do is install a Substratum theme.
Now that you know how to enable dark mode for Snapchat on your device, you may also be interested in learning how to turn on two-factor authentication on Snapchat. If you feel overwhelmed and want to take a break from the social sphere, here’s how to delete your Snapchat account.